How To Apply For The Malaysia Student VISA

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Malaysia Student VISA

Just as the topic of this article has explained, we would be providing you with the procedures that are involved, in applying for the Malaysia Student VISA.

Since you would like to study in Malaysia, we highly recommend that you read this article to the end, and pay attention to the instructions that has been outlined.

Malaysia Student VISA

The following are the necessary documents you need to present when applying for the Malaysia Student VISA:

  • A picture of yourself, with 35mm x 45mm dimensions and a white background.
  • A copy of your passport, showing the following:
  • Your personal information
  • Issuance and expiry date. The passport must be valid for at least 12 more months.
  • All the previous VISAs you have obtained.
  • The page which states any amendments (extensions, clarifications of name, and previous passport numbers).
  • Pages of all the pages of your passport, only if you are from one of the following countries:
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • The letter of acceptance from your Malaysian educational institution.
  • Previous academic certificates and transcripts.
  • Medical certificate, proving you are of good health. You must undergo a pre-arrival medical screening at a registered clinic overseas.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if you are from a country or you recently travelled to a country that is at risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
  • A Personal Bond, which all foreign students have to sign as an effort to ensure they will not violate the Immigration laws of Malaysia. If you do not violate any laws, the bond will be returned.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. You must undergo an English Language test and attach the certificate which shows you have an acceptable level of English. Malaysia accepts certificates from the following tests:
  1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  2. CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • MUET (Malaysian University English Test)
  1. PTE – Academic (Pearson Test of English)
  2. CAE (Cambridge English: Advance)
  3. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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If you are from Sudan: A No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which your Institution must apply for at the Sudanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

If you are from Iran: A Letter of Eligibility (LOE), which your institution must apply for at the Iranian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Application Procedures For The Malaysia Study VISA

If you have all the aforementioned documents, then you can proceed to apply for the Malaysia Student VISA.

The procedures are simple, if you stick to the steps to apply below;

  1. Get accepted into a Malaysian Educational Institution: You must apply for an admission in one of the Schools in Malaysia and must have an admission offer before you apply for the VISA.
  2. Apply for a VISA Approval Letter (VAL): After you have been given an admission offer in one of the Educational Institutions in Malaysia, you must apply for VISA Approval Letter (VAL). There are two ways by which you can do that; you can apply by yourself through the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) website, or you can entrust the application to your University.

To apply by yourself, you must get all the required documents which prove that you have meet the eligibility to receive a Student VISA for Malaysia. Then, you must create an account on the EMGS website. Since the application is done online, you have to upload electronic copies of your documents. You can click on this link to create your account;

Note: You will also have to pay a VISA processing fee, which changes depending on the Country, as well as a personal security bond. If your VISA is approved, you will receive the VISA Approval Letter (VAL) via email. You must print it and keep both the electronic and version printed version with you.

  1. Applying for a Malaysian entry VISA (if you are a Malaysian VISA-subject national): The type of entry VISA required for a Student Pass is a VISA with Reference, which means you must have authorization from the Malaysian Immigration Department (i.e. the VISA Approval Letter (VAL)).

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Check out countries that need a Student Entry VISA

Malaysia Student VISA Application

Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt       Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Republic, Hong Kong (C.I / D.I), Hong Kong SAR / BNO, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan,   Jordan  Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mexico      Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherland, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Marino, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey               , Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Nations, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela              Vietnam, Western Samoa, Yemen.


If your Country is not on the list above, you can travel to Malaysia VISA-free, and get a Malaysia VISA On Arrival (VOA) after presenting your VISA Approval Letter.

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How can I Apply for the Malaysia Student Entry VISA?

You can apply for the Student Entry VISA via the following ways:

  • By yourself, at a Malaysia Representative Office abroad (Embassy/Consulate). The Malaysia VISA application process is as follows:
  • Find the nearest Malaysian Embassy/Consulate and check their website for opening hours/requirements.
  • Download and complete the Malaysia VISA application form.
  • Gather the required documents and submit them along with your passport, two copies of the Malaysia VISA application form, and a copy of your VAL.
  • You will receive your VISA in the form of a sticker affixed to your passport.
  • Only nationals of the following countries can apply for a Malaysian VISA online:
  • China
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Myanmar
  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Bhutan
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  1. Appearing at the immigration checkpoint in Malaysia (after you travel): Once you enter Malaysia, you must appear before the Immigration Officers at the point of entry and request to enter. You must have your printed VOA, your entry VISA, and any other supporting documents with you.
  2. Registering at your Educational Institution: You have to register at your educational institution and undergo a medical screening within seven days of arrival. The screening must be done at a clinic which is registered with EMGS.
  3. Getting your Student Pass at the Malaysia Immigration Department: Once you have registered at your educational institution, you can request your Malaysia Student Pass at the Malaysia Immigration Department. The Student Pass is in the form of a sticker on your passport, endorsing your stay in Malaysia for the purpose of studying. You can submit your passport at your school so they can arrange for you to receive your Student Pass.

After you receive your Student Pass, you will also get an i-Kad. The Malaysian i-Kad is a foreign national identity card, proving that the holder has a valid resident status in Malaysia.

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Malaysia Study VISA processing Time

The entire process from applying for a Malaysian Student VISA Approval Letter (VAL) to receiving your Student Pass takes 4-6 weeks.

The VISA Approval Letter processing time is 14 days. The Malaysian entry VISA processing time is between one and three weeks (unless it’s an e-VISA, which is processed within 2 days).

Other Things To Note

  • If the applicant is enrolled in a language School, his or her Student Pass is issued for 6 months, but it can be renewed. However, the validity of your Malaysia Student Pass depends on your course of study. For most courses, you will receive a 1-year Student Pass, which can be renewed. For specific courses, you may receive a Student Pass which will remain valid for the entire duration of the course.
  • You can renew your Malaysia Student pass through the EMGS website if you want to renew it. You need a CGPA of at least 2.0 and overall attendance of at least 80% in order to renew your Malaysian Student Pass. You must submit a copy of your passport (biodata page and any VISA pages) as well as any educational transcripts and certificates you have received. The other requirements for renewal match the entry requirements into your educational institution.
  • You will have to request from your School to submit a Malaysia Student Pass cancellation request with EMGS, if at you decide you don’t want to pursue your studies in Malaysia any more. You are not permitted to submit a request for Student Pass cancellation by yourself.
  • The Malaysian Student Pass does not allow the holder to work during the school hours. You can only work during school holidays which are at least seven days long. Even at that, you may only work part-time (up to 20 hours a week).


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